The Two Faces of Charlie Crist
Gay Marriage Opponent Crist Tries to Have it Both Ways
Once again, Charlie Crist is showing he has two faces on any issue. When Charlie Crist wanted Republican (and Independent!) support, he took a strong, pro-family stance against legalizing gay marriage. But today, he flipped yet again. “Charlatan Charlie is falling all over himself to unwind his deeply-held positions of more than two decades,” said RPOF Chairman Lenny Curry. “Nobody should take this guy seriously anymore.”
Listen to Ronald Reagan Republican Charlie Crist:
Crist told CNN viewers he still supported a constitutional ban on same-sex marriage in 2010:
Crist Opposed Same Sex Marriage, Called It Sound Policy (Jacksonville Times Union, May 19th, 2004):
Attorney General Charlie Crist said Tuesday that Florida will not recognize the same-sex marriages now occurring in Massachusetts, although the decision may not avoid a legal battle that is already beginning to divide s everal states.
Crist said a 1997 Florida law, which he supported as a state senator, clearly forbids recognition of same-sex marriages performed in other states and would therefore deny marital rights to such couples. Florida statute 741.212 says, “Marriages between persons of the same sex entered into in any jurisdiction, whether within or outside the state of Florida . . . are not recognized for any purpose in this state.” “I voted for it, and we’re happy to enforce it,” Crist said. “The law speaks for itself. It is sound policy.”
Crist “cheerfully signed a petition to ban gay marriage in the Florida constitution – from the St. Pete Times, September 4th, 2005:
A gushing crowd gathered to see Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Crist at Miami’s Versailles restaurant on Thursday. Members of the local Christian Coalition chapter presented him with a petition calling for a state constitutional amendment to ban gay marriages and civil unions. Crist cheerfully signed. His office released petitions for the ballot initiative to the state Supreme Court for review on the same day. His rival for the GOP nomination, CFO Tom Gallagher, already has signed the petition, as has his wife, Laura Gallagher.
“Would I do it today? No,” Crist said. “I think the best way to judge where my heart is is to look at the deeds that I have done, whether as attorney general, governor -restoration of rights, civil rights cases, things of that nature that I think show a compassionate heart and hopefully someone who cares and knows who the boss is – and the boss is the people of Florida.”
Read full story of how Two-Faced Charlie is flip-flopping all over again:
Crist’s Run from the Past Continues (Gay Marriage Edition)